During the height of the ‘Railway Mania’ of the 1840’s, the York and North Midland Railway was building its line from York to Beverley, where it could then travel on to Hull. It had reached as far as Market Weighton by 1847 but there it stopped until the North Eastern railway completed the connection in 1865. Had the Y&NMR continued on, it may also have built a connecting branch from this line, running through Etton, in order to reach Bridlington.
My original layout creation ‘Etton’ was built in the loft of my house as a simple modelling exercise. Having visited model railway shows previously I thought I might like to have a go trying to create something. Etton is a village in East Yorkshire a few miles away from where I currently live. There was a railway about a mile away that passed by, and although long since gone, evidence can still be found of its existence. There was certainly no railway station at Etton. Etton village is full of traditional East Yorkshire architecture, classic, tumbling gables, red pantiles, grey slate, bright red mixed brickwork, a joy to model.
The layout includes a station as it might have appeared in the 1960’s, with local traffic and occasional excursion trains based on video and written evidence from the period and location. Trackwork is Peco Code 100.
The model was extended to include a village scene in front of a second fiddle yard. All model buildings were based on surviving buildings along the York to Beverley line including Etton village itself.
Etton layout was eventually sold after attending 45 shows in 2006. I have since tracked it through 2 or 3 owners and it may currently reside in Lincolnshire. The station buildings were laid loose and some were lost during exchange of owners as I understand it. I believe they may have been replaced. The village should still be intact as the photographs show.